Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to draw. She would sit for hours filling up page after page with her creations.
She loved to draw so much that she even decided to try her hand at drawing on a variety of surfaces. Like walls, doors and lamp shades.
Her mother, who was always so supportive and encouraging of her artistic abilities was strangely less enthusiastic about these additional attempts at creative expression.
She experienced quite a few ‘time-outs’ for her graffiti. And so, when one day her mother came to her and told her that she could draw all over a brand-new lamp shade, it is only to be expected that she would look up at her mom and say, “But am I going to get in trouble for this?”
Her mother quickly assured her that THIS time (and only this time!) she was completely free to draw to her heart’s content on something other than paper and the smile on the little girls face was priceless.
She got right to work and within minutes had transformed that boring white canvas/lampshade into a true work of art!
“But what about the empty glass lamp, Mommy?” she asked. She didn’t need to worry, though, because her mother had plans for that as well.
And, the little girl was thrilled to fill the lamp with Crayons.
Then, the little girl and her mommy ran up the stairs to put it in a place of honor on top of the girl’s art desk.
The smile on the little girl’s face reminded her mommy of how important it is to take notice of and celebrate her children’s talents and abilities.
And they lived happily ever after…as soon as the Mother reminded the little girl that THIS was the ONLY lampshade she was allowed to draw on! 😉